Three More From Fall

Let’s spotlight three more highlights from Fall Tour to take us into the holiday weekend. Enjoy the turkey, family, and football, and we’ll catch up on Monday!


Slave To The Traffic Light” – 10.10.10 II Broomfield, CO

10.12.10 - Broomfield (Brooks Perry)

Concluding a choppy but eventful second set of tour, Phish pulled everything together to close with a spectacular “Slave to the Traffic Light.” Bringing a sense of calm and exaltation over the room while preparing the audience for the next two nights, the band slowly ascended from a beat-less induction to a dizzying climax. As the jam dropped, the band took plenty of time to move from their initial sea of tranquility into music with a sense of forward motion. Riding a patient trip through terraces of hanging melodies, Trey led the band with transcendent phrasing – a sparkling thread sewing the piece together. The band locked together with Trey as he followed his heart to a fanning peak and beyond, sprouting divine melodies in a never-ending cascade of glory. Phish played a lot of awesome “Slaves” this year, and this version is certainly in the upper echelon.



Golden Age > Piper > Camel Walk” – 10.11.10 II Broomfield, CO

10.12.10 - Broomfield (Spencer Short)

Opening Broomfield’s second night’s second set with this threesome, Phish revived a one-time cover, thrashed through fall’s first “Piper” and made one of the slicker, most spontaneous transitions of tour. With Trey’s opening rhythm licks, the band brought the one-time cover of TV On the Radio’s “Golden Age.” The dancy interpretation of the indie pop-tronica track translated far more smoothly than Albany’s debut of ’09, super-charging the second half of the show. Taking the cathartic, groove-based jam for a legitimate ride, Phish provided a soulfully cleansing dance session to initiate the frame. Far smoother and more coherent that Albany’s version, “Golden Age” provided a show highlight while getting into slamming, piano led funk outside the song’s theme. Oozing to an ambient conclusion, Trey continued the up-tempo feel of the set’s beginning as he strummed the opening to “Piper.” Blasting their way through a furious passage, Phish introduced “Piper to Fall 2o1o with all four members locked in a space-aged chase. Growling through the outer rings of the solar system, the band settled into a sparser texture as many “Pipers” do. But instead of exploring this plane, Trey wove “Camel Walk’s” opening guitar lick into the high-speed play, and within seconds the band hopped on board, transforming the textures into gooey funk on the fly.



Cities > 46 Days” – 10.29.10 I Atlantic City, NJ

10.30.10 - Atlantic City (Dave Lavery)

This combination at the end of Atlantic City’s first set got the party started for real. A rather uneventful show up to this point, Phish migrated from a powerful groove into dissonant guitar heroics. Instead of the robotic power-funk of The Greek “Cities,” the band crafted a more subtle and nuanced groove. Trey used delicate, accented licks to build out of the jam as Mike bounced bass-note basketballs around Boardwalk Hall. Exiting the composed progression, the band drifted into a more abstract feel, stretching the music outwards while Fishman held a divergent semblance of groove. Behind a psychedelic pattern far from “Cities,” Page built a wall of synthesized effects as Trey painted the drone canvas with short brushstrokes. Amidst this darkening palette, Trey kicked into “46 Days,” ending the frame with a fierce dose of super-sized arena rock.



Jam of the Day:

Crosseyed and Painless” 10.16.10 II

This multi-tiered jam provided one of several highlights on a smoking night in South Carolina.



Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

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679 Responses to “Three More From Fall”

  1. Mr.Palmer Says:

    jtran- watch your back kid. Leo is gonna drop an elbow from the top turnbuckle when you least expect it.

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    The first set of that show is no slouch either. Theme>BEK and then the Twist, Stash is top notch .

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    @ robear

    What about getting moved and settled/set up in the new digs…
    With the kids and everything else I bet that’s such an undertaking

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    this fuckin’ Panthers/Browns game doesn’t want to end…

    I just wanna watch my Bears man… The Dude ain’t greedy

  5. jtran Says:

    Palmer I dig the show as a whole, just think that Gin may be a tad overrated, perhaps due to its outlier status amongest Gins at 30 minutes

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Bears just sacked Vick. 3 and out for Philly @ Dude. I’m a Bears fan today.. 🙂

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I wouldn’t argue against your point @ jtran

    Just fired up the 6.9.00 Tweezer from Tokyo, speaking of 30 minute tunes….

  8. EL Duderino Says:


    Nice Palmer…

    Welcome Aboard

  9. jdub Says:

    @Robear, I wish I lived closer to the city so I could help out with the lodging situation. I hope it works out cause you need to see this band lay down the hottest run of their return. You’ve given so much to this community, it is only fair that you are present.

    We are still 3 weeks away but I am getting a sneaky feeling that the band just may blow whatever expectations we have out of the water. It’s been talked about plenty but summer and fall from this year was such an upgrade from last years comparative tour. If they continue this trend and this years New Years run dwarfs last years heads will explode.

    I just hope the two best shows aren’t 12/30, 12/31. The only two I will miss as of now. But I am working on that.

  10. Robear Says:

    duder, will be moved and settled on 12/9 and 12/10. Yes, large undertaking with all involved. been working incrementally. this is a big week. need a vacay? 😛

    da’ Bills#$%^&^%

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    Vick is such a great athlete

  12. Robear Says:

    i agree jdub. the band is on such a roll and in such a good space. I’m guessing they’ll be locked and loaded for all 5 nights. Lots of time to rest afterwards.

  13. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Robear

    I have to go to Condon, Montana to see my dad before I go behind the Redwood curtain.

    doing the concrete for Leo’s new greenhouse this spring…

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    When Vick runs, you have to make him run to the right, or your dead. Bears are good enough on the D to keep this close. Cutler and rest of the O are cause for concern. from an outsiders perspective, of course.

  15. EL Duderino Says:


    Cutler is a jeckle and hyde QB like manning

  16. jdub Says:

    The scary part about Vick is that he is finally learning the position. Could mean trouble for the Giants.

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    One of Vick’s problems, and he has many , is his inability to stay on the football field. He’s never made it through an entire season.

    The biggest difference between Eli and Cutler, besides arm strength, is between the ears. Culter is a headcase. Nothing bothers Eli to the point where sometimes you wonder if he even gives a fuck.

    Giants get another shot at the birds at home in a few weeks. Going to the game against the ‘skins next week!

    TD Bears!

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    that’s a real nice new stadium you have there Palmer…

    I think Cutler’s problem is his attitude…
    a little smug in my book

  19. jdub Says:

    As much as Eli drives me crazy I do believe the man is all in all the time. He just isn’t nearly as talented as his brother.

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    It’s alright @ El Dude. Its nice to have new amenities and stuff like that but it’s almost too big. You lose some home field advantage when a stadium is that large. Compared to the old stadium this thing is a monster.

    Cowboys are dealing with a similar thing. You lose your homefield when you spread the people out so much.

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    Looks like the right Cutler showed up today…

    I can see that… I was diappointed when they decided to gut-rehab Soldier Field instead of building a new one…
    but it’s grown on me, not a monstrosity like the new Cowboy Stadium

  22. jdub Says:

    So a friend of mine told me about this new legal canabinoid called jwh-018. It is sold in its’ pure form and laced on insense sold in head shops. He also shared a harrowing story about his overdose while smoking the pure chemical, which apparantly doesn’t take much. He ultimately blacked out and felt like death was immanent as the trip came on like a ferocious storm and made him incapacitated. Not sure if anyone is familiar with this stuff but be careful if you come across it.

  23. EL Duderino Says:

    sounds like fun jdub

  24. jdub Says:

    Not sure why you need to smoke a chemical when there is plenty of good herb out there. To each there own I suppose. Although his reason was that he gets tested at work and this doesn’t show up, plus it’s legal.

  25. ae Says:

    anyone need worcester night 1 tix? i have an extra pair, mail order.

    ajepstein1 at yahoo

    go phish

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